Odzala National Park


  • Get ready for adventure, trekking lowland gorillas and elephants in the wilds
  • Boat safaris, savannah game drives and night walks keep things interesting
  • Visit remote, forest villages alive with myths and superstition
  • Meet gorilla researcher, Dr Magda Bermejo for a fascinating insight into her work


A thrilling light aircraft flight over the forests, a muddy, roller coaster of a ride into camp and a genuine Congolese welcome is just the start of the adventure. The lowland gorillas who wander the forest, share their home with forest elephants, bongo, sitatunga and even leopards, with chimps heard in the distance. The park is also close to a number of isolated forest villages, where superstition and sorcery are strong held beliefs, but the welcome is genuinely warm. With two new luxury lodges on the scene, one of the wildest and oldest parks in Africa, can now be explored in style, but do not be fooled – step outside the lodge and the rainforest is an unmistakeable presence.

Walks through Lango bai in the knee deep streams feel like a genuine adventure – but don’t worry, leeches and crocodiles are nowhere to be seen and elephants and buffalo keep their distance, most of the time.  A boat safari on the Lekoli river, full of slender snouted and African dwarf crocodile as monkeys chatter and fight in the treetops is fantastic for photography and birding and whilst gorillas are the big draw, the mix of open savannah and thick rainforest offers a fascinating and unique wildlife experience.


Whilst many claim the strange forest sounds at night are leopards, villagers believe it to be the call of the Ejengi forest spirit – night walks can be unnerving…

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